How To Put Up A Good Christmas Spread

Christmas really is just around the corner, some people may feel a tad nervous about the future of their bank balance, but many will be more excited at the prospect of seeing friends and family for a big feast and lots of presents. The trouble is that many people do not know how to prepare for a good Christmas meal, as this is probably the biggest task anyone can take on for just one day. Everything has to be prepared in advance, with the cutlery and dinner service plates all selected prior to the day of festivities.

A good way of alleviating any worries or anxieties is to plan ahead. This is a golden rule for any type of special occasion, because without the planning and preparation, the day you have been looking forward to may not turn out the way you want it to. Providing a good dinner service to guests or to family is something that needs to be thought out and selected carefully, to cater to everybody's taste and needs.

The dinner service itself does not need to be a formal event, considering it is a Christmas day that you are enjoying and not a Royal banquet. Therefore, you can take this as a fun challenge which you can enjoy taking part in. The cooking part is probably the most difficult part of the day, but if you have a good idea of what ingredients you will need to use then it is a good idea to write these down so you can then draw up your own shopping list.

Buy your turkey early! Surprisingly enough these are sold out very quickly from the shops. You should not leave this to the last minute, because there will not be many good quality turkeys left nearer the time. I normally buy organic turkey, because to me they make the tastiest and juiciest meat, but this is not essential for everybody. The vegetables can be bought a few days in advance, because they will go off a lot quicker if bought a month in advance.

The dry ingredients can be bought well in advance as they will continue to stay in good enough quality up until Christmas day. Things like cream, milk, cheese and butter, can all be bought during the same time as when you buy vegetables. One thing you will need to double check on is your kitchen equipment. On one occasion when I was preparing for the Christmas, I realised my baking tray for the turkey was not deep enough and I had nowhere to bake the stuffing! This was a stressful point, therefore after much rummaging I found something substantial for both dishes.

You do not want to make the same mistake; therefore you should go through all of your utensils and be sure to have each one stocked. On the day of cooking you want to be trouble free and well-prepared for everything. The smallest of all details, such as the dinner service on the day, laying the food out in an organised fashion, will make a lot of difference, so whatever recipe you follow make sure you have everything in place.

In terms of decorations, you do not need to splash on hundreds of pounds on fancy Christmas trinkets and surprises. I remember a time when children used to make their Christmas decorations and spent time on perfecting their Christmas hats. This could be something you could try yourself as long as you allow yourself time to do this. This could also be something you choose to do as a form of therapy. A quick trip to a local pound shop will also enable you to find some affordable and fancy decorations to use for the house and tabletops.

Keep the tableware simple, elegant and interesting. Candles are a good decoration rather than flowers, because they are inexpensive and do not take up much space. Christmas crackers are a must-have so be sure to stock up some fine crackers in advance.

Be sure to delegate responsibility and assign tasks to the rest of the family, so you can off-load some of the stress. This way you can keep check of what you need to worry about and what task is already being covered.

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About The Author, Anna Stenning
Anna Stenning loves to put up the best dinner service on Christmas day, as she enjoys the preparation process.